Healthy On-The-Go Snacks
on April 19, 2012
With the warm weather finally here, that means more park visits, trips to the beach, vacations, etc. While it is so tempting to pick up traditional pre-packaged foods for your little ones since they travel well, we decided to come up with a list of some of our favorite healthy snacks that travel well and take little to no time to prepare, so you can pack these in the bag and head to the park to enjoy the sunshine!
1. Cheddar and Hummus Crackers
– spread hummus on whole wheat or whole grain cracker, add slice of cheddar
2. Kale Dip with Veggies – Heat olive oil in pan, add one garlic clove sliced, add 3 cups sliced kale leaves, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor or blender, add 1 cup low fat cottage cheese and puree until smooth. Optional: add parmesan, red pepper flakes and salt to taste. Dip carrots, snap peas and broccoli. Can be refrigerated for 3 days.
3. Apples and PB – slice apples, spread peanut butter on each slice and dip in oats and dark chocolate chips.
4. Frozen grapes and kiwi
– place grapes and sliced kiwi in ziploc and freeze, makes a great sweet treat and freezing brings the sweetness out. This
butterfly bag makes an adorable compliment to these items and is sure to please the kids!
5. Healthy chewy snack bars
– I love this
recipe from Pinecone Camp. I usually replace the dates and pecans with dried cranberries, raisins, and almonds. I also have made this with almond butter instead of peanut butter and the bars came out great! For an added special snack, instead of cutting these into traditional squares or bars, you can use your children’s favorite cookie cutters to make cut them into fun shapes!
6. Animal Crackers– Yesterday I decided to make my own animal crackers since I always avoid buying them in the stores because of the high sugar and preservative content. I came across this recipe and must say they turned out delicious! I omitted the peanuts and added more almonds instead. For an extra special snack on the go, instead of doing the traditional “ants on a log,” replace the raisins with these animal crackers on the celery and peanut butter for a circus inspired treat!
1/2 Cup Of Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Cup Of Regular Rolled Oats
1/3 Cup Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 Cups Of Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon Of Crushed Almonds
1 Tablespoon Of Crushed Peanuts
1 Tablespoon Of Crushed Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 Cup Of Organic Bees Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Of Baking Soda
1 Pinch Of Table Salt
To begin, please preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, Next take out a food processor or blender, and add into it the regular rolled oats, stone ground whole wheat flour, organic crushed almonds, organic crushed peanuts, organic crushed pumpkin seeds, baking soda, and table salt. Blend these ingredients together until a smooth and even powder is formed. Next you will want to pour this blended mixture into a mixing bowl, and then take out your electric cake mixer. Using your mixer, blend together the flour mixture, organic vanilla soy milk, Greek organic extra virgin olive oil, and organic bees honey. Once a firm cracker dough forms, you will then want to roll it into a large ball on a sterile counter surface. Moving along, next flatten the dough to a quarter inch thickness. Next take out your animal cracker cutters, and make a whole bunch of different shapes. Place these shapes on a cookie sheet, setting each piece one inch apart. Your oven should be warm by this time, so slide the cookie sheet into your oven, and let the crackers bake for ten minutes, or until the edges are golden and brown. Let them cool to room temperature before serving them.
7. Other additional healthy snack options– Baby carrots, trail mix, orange slices, pretzels, air-popped popcorn and raisins.